Networked Energy Services Receives G3-PLC Certification
NES also becomes the first company in the world to receive OIML R46 certification.
San Jose, CA, July 5, 2016 : Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid market leader, announced that it received G3-PLC Certification from the G3-PLC Alliance for products which operate on its Patagonia Energy Applications Platform. This certification demonstrates NES commitment to supporting next generation technologies and ensuring interoperability with other smart grid device vendors.
The Patagonia Energy Applications Platform Generation 4 single phase meters have been certified according to the reference specification ITU G.9903 (02-2014). Certification testing was performed by Laboratoire des Applications Numériques (LAN), a third party testing laboratory, selected by the G3 PLC Alliance. The Generation 4 platform successfully completed certification testing with regards to the reference specification, ITU G.9903 (02-2014). This certification testing validates the interoperability of the Generation 4 products as well as its conformance to the G3-PLC protocol. Additional tests confirmed the meters’ performance, including communications robustness against various types of interference.
G3 is an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) based technology, which is a modulation format used for many of the latest wireless and telecommunications standards. It enables fast and cost-efficient data transfer over existing power lines: Very high volumes of data can be communicated over electricity networks using G3-PLC and by doing so, opportunity for future smart grid applications are created. Crucially, as power line communication enables energy data to be transferred over existing electricity networks, the operation and installation costs are extremely low.
“This is an important milestone for NES,” said Andy Robinson, CTO of NES. “From a technical development perspective this proves that NES is applying the correct implementation of the G3-PLC specifications and thus supporting interoperability of the solutions through its inclusion in our Patagonia Energy Applications Platform.”
NES also announced that it became the first company in the world to receive the OIML R46 certification, allowing NES to send certified products to any participating country globally. R46 is based on European EN 50470 standards, Australian Standards, IEC 62052 & 62053 standards and ANSI standards. With the publication of this set of documents in 2012, OIML created a worldwide acceptance tool in a rapidly evolving smart meter market. NMi, a third party testing laboratory, implemented and conducted the accuracy certification testing and issued the first OIML R46 Certificate of Conformity in the world to NES.
About Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES)
Networked Energy Services Corporation (www.networkedenergy.com) is a global smart energy leader in the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into an energy control network, enabling utilities to provide their customers with a more efficient and reliable service, to protect their systems from current and emerging cybersecurity threats, and to offer innovative new services that enable active, intelligence use of energy. NES was formed as a result of the spinoff of Echelon Corporation’s Grid Modernization Division in October 2014. NES is headquartered in the US with R&D centers located in Silicon Valley, North Dakota and Poland, and sales offices throughout the world. NES’ smart grid technology is used in nearly 40 million smart meters and other smart end devices around the world. NES is a member of the OSGP Alliance, a global association of utilities and smart grid companies, which promotes the Open Smart Grid Protocol and cooperates to provide utilities greater value by enabling true, independently-certified, multi-vendor interoperability based upon open international specifications and standards. You can find out more information about NES, its Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (including grid management software, distributed control nodes, and smart meters) and services at: www.networkedenergy.com.
About the G3-PLC Alliance
The G3-PLC Alliance organization was formed in order to support, promote and implement G3-PLC in smart grid applications. Its members come from the key stakeholders in the smart grid ecosystem, including utility companies, equipment and semiconductor manufacturers, system integrators, IT vendors and automotive companies. Members are dedicated to researching or developing products based on G3-PLC, promoting the technology worldwide and participating in various technical working groups, interoperability testing and certification of their products. For more information visit the G3-PLC Alliance website at: www.G3-PLC.com.